Everybody knows that organ donation can benefit ailing people. Yet, it was not part of any government exercise till  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called upon the countrymen to come forward for the noble cause of organ donation for saving lives of fellow human beings in the 99th episode of “Man Ki Baat” Programme.

This is learnt to have given a fresh impetus to organ donation in the country, data accessed by JharkhandStateNews.com indicates.

The number of total organ transplants in the country has substantially increased from less than 5000 in the year 2013 to more than 15000 in the year 2022.  

Now, more organs per deceased donor are being utilised due to activated coordination through the network of Organ & Tissues Transplant Organisations at National (NOTTO), Regional (ROTTO) and State level (SOTTO). Result?

In 2016, 2265 organs were utilized from 930 deceased donors while 2765 could be utilized from 904 deceased donors in the year 2022. 

Now, a press release issued by the Public Information Bureau states that NOTTO is working on a Transplant Manual as a step by step guide for implementation of Organ Donation and Transplantation Progamme in the Hospitals and also on a Standard Course for training of Transplant Coordinators. 

Both these documents are planned to be completed and released shortly. Four verticals for coordination, IEC, Training and HR/accounts have been created in the NOTTO for better implementation of the programme.  Recently, Govt. of India has granted Special Casual Leaves of up to 42 days to Central Govt. Employees, who donate an organ to another human being, as a special welfare measure in public interest. 

Also, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is also imbibing learnings frominternational best practices for further policy reforms towards augmentation of organ donation and transplantation in the country.

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